Naomi is a 6-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is the last born child of five children. Naomi is a playful girl and always wants to take part in daily home activities, but most of the time she is excused due to her current challenges with her disability. Her parents are small scale farmers with limited income and work hard to support their family. When she was four months old, Naomi was left sleeping while her mother went outside. There was a fire burning close to the bed to keep the hut warm, and Naomi accidentally rolled and fell into it. Her mother heard her cry and ran to her rescue. As a result, Naomi sustained severe burns around her head and face, left hand, left foot, and around her stomach. Watsi donors funded a surgery for her left hand and now she needs a surgery on her arm and elbow so she can more easily and fully use her hand as she grows up. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Naomi receive treatment. On March 3rd, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help Naomi to use her hand again. Now, their family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Naomi’s father shared, “My daughter’s ability to use her hand has improved to some extent compared to before. However, she needs another surgery to help her use her hand more and correct her knee, but we are not able to afford the cost. Please help my daughter.”
Atwiine is a 4-year-old boy who is in preschool. His father operates a bodaboda taxi, while his mother works as a school cook. With schools closed due to Covid-19, Atwiine's mother has had to start farming to help make ends meet. Atwiine has been struggling with swelling in a sensitive area for two years. The swelling was initially painless, but has grown more painful and becomes severe when he is playing or walks a lengthy distance. Atwiine's mother is worried that without the right treatment, her son's developmental milestones will be at risk. He was brought to Nyakibale Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a bilateral hydrocele that requires a hydrocelectomy. With the right treatment, chances of complications including infertility will be reduced. Atwiine's family cannot afford the cost of his care, and appeal for financial support. Fortunately, on April 6th, Atwiine will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $146 to fund Atwiine's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Atwiine's mother shared, “I hope my child will be relieved from the pain he has been having after surgery. He will resume with school after they reopen.”
Owembabazi is a small-business operator who runs a minibar in her community. She has one child and is currently pregnant with her second. She and her husband share a two-room house, which serves both as their living space and their business as she runs a small family bar out of one of the rooms. She sells beer and local porridge and her husband works at a poultry farm near their village. Their firstborn is three years old and has not started school. Owembabazi enjoys tending to her family and to her business. Throughout her pregnancy, she has sought antenatal care from our medical partner's care center Rushoroza Hospital. She came to the hospital this week for assessment after feeling minimal pains from home. A caesarean section (C-section) surgery was recommended by the doctor due to post-term concerns with severe oligohydramnios, a condition in which there is not enough amniotic fluid. Without a C-section, she could rupture her uterus and both the mother and the unborn child's life could be at risk. With the C-section, doctors can ensure the safety of both mother and child. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Owembabazi undergo a C-Section on April 14th. This procedure will cost $207, and Owembabazi needs your support. Owembabazi says, “I hope and pray for a successful surgery. I will resume my business as soon as possible to support my husband raise our family."
Zakayo is a first-grade student and his father shared that he loves school and has already made so many friends. He has not been able to read or write yet, but is eager to learn! When he was one year old, Zakayo got into a fire accident while his mother was cooking. He started to touch the fire and soon after fell into the fire, ultimately causing burns on both his hands and his stomach. His mother rushed to retrieve him from the fire and quickly treated him with traditional medications (honey, tree leaves, and eggs). He healed but his hands resulted in a burn contracture. Through Watsi, Zakayo was able to receive treatment for his left hand and is now able to use his left hand normally in his daily activities. However, he is not able to use his right hand freely due to the contracture. On April 16th, surgeons from our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation will perform a burn contracture release surgery to restore mobility to his right hand too. Zakayo’s father shared, "My son’s first treatment of his left hand was a big success. He can now fully use his left hand but is now having a bit of difficulty on his right hand due to the finger that he can't straighten. I hope that he will be able to receive the help that he needs."
So is a nine-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents, sister and brother in a village in Tak Province. His father works at a construction site, and his mother is a homemaker. Since schools closed due to Covid-19, So and his siblings have stopped studying. So now helps out around the house, watering their garden and helping his mother with preparing meals. His sister works as a dishwasher at a Thai noodle soup shop. The family's monthly household income is just enough to cover their basic expenses. After So's birth, the medic noticed that So had a mass on the right side of his neck. When the medic pressed the mass with his finger, So did not react and the medic assumed the mass was not painful. The medic then told So’s parents that the mass was fatty tissue and that they had nothing to worry about. However, he would need to receive surgery to remove the mass when he was older. As So grew older, the mass also slowly increased in size. Currently, the muscles in his neck are stiff and the mass is painful when it is touched. Frequently, So will wake up in the middle of the night in pain after he turns in his sleep, putting pressure on the mass. He feels like the mass is gradually increasing in size and is becoming heavier. Doctors want So to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of So's CT scan and care, which is scheduled for March 9th. So shared, "I have wanted to remove this mass since I was five years old because my friends tease me a lot. Sometimes, I get very frustrated. I will be much happier once I go through this procedure."
Kamukama is 23-year-old farmer from Uganda. She studied records and information management in university, and has yet to secure employment. Currently, Kamukama lives with her parents practicing subsistence farming. Her father brokers cows, while her mother works on the farm to make ends meet for their family. In February, Kamukama had a miscarriage at 2 months. Weeks later, she developed persistent abdominal pains and high-grade fevers that were managed with pain medication. However, the pains persisted, and she came to Rushoroza Hospital for review. Scan results were suggestive of pelvic abscess, a life-threatening condition in which infected fluids accumulate either in the fallopian tubes, or other abdominal tissues. Now, Kamukama requires curative laparotomy to reduce complications such as peritonitis and septic shock, which could be fatal. She is not able to meet the cost of surgery and appeals for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kamukama receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a curative laporotomy, a surgery to remove cancerous tissue, on March 8th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $284, and Kamukama and her family need your support. Kamukama shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I am still a youth and have many dreams in life. I hope to find the job of my profession as soon as I recover completely.”
Natukunda is a 23-year-old woman and a trained nurse who is currently in search of employment. Her husband is a teacher, but unfortunately lost his job when Covid-19 hit the country. Their family lives in a single-roomed house and works casual jobs to make ends meet. Natukunda is expecting her first child, and recently came for her last antenatal visit at Nyakibale Hospital. During a scan, the fetus was found to be in breech position, which makes normal delivery difficult. The doctor advised Natukunda to undergo a C-section surgery to ensure both her and her child are safe. Efforts to deliver normally might result in uterine tear, or severe complications. However, Natukunda is unable to meet the cost of care for this procedure, and appeals for financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Natukunda undergo this C-section procedure on March 9th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Natukunda shared, “I mostly pray to God to have mercy on me and enable me to have a baby of my own. I desire to deliver safely and thereafter, look for a job."
Daniel is a 7-year-old student from Tanzania. He is the first born child and has one younger sister who is two years old. Daniel is a big lover of football. He is currently in class three and his best subject is mathematics. His father passed away a couple years ago, and his mother has been raising him and his sister ever since. Daniel's mother depends on small scale farming of maize and vegetables to be able to provide for her two children. Last April, Daniel was attacked by a hyena as he was taking a bath outside their hut in the evening. The hyena grabbed him by the leg and started running with him towards the bushes. Daniel's mother was close by bathing his younger sister, and ran after the hyena while crying for help. During the chase and fight, the hyena happened to drop Daniel on the ground, leaving him with claw injuries, broken bones and a badly injured face. His nose was disfigured during the attack. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Daniel receive treatment. On March 9th, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to reconstruct his nose. Now, Daniel's family needs help to fund this $747 procedure. Daniel's mother shared, “I will start by thanking everyone who made my son’s first surgery of reconstructing his nose possible because it made such a big change. He has now been scheduled for another surgery which will help make his nose even better but I have no means of getting the money to cover the cost. Please help.”
Sethika is a 2-year-old girl who lives in the countryside with her grandmother; her parents work and live in Phnom Penh. She loves to eat fruit and listen to her grandmother sing. When she was nine months old, her mother noticed that the thumb of her left hand was abnormally extended. She is unable to flex her finger or move it voluntarily, making it difficult to hold or grab things. Surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre will perform a tendon procedure to secure her thumb. Sethika's mother said, "I hope that she can move her thumb well and grab onto her things so that she can play and write easily as she grows up."
Bekila is an adorable young boy from Ethiopia who loves to spend his time with his mom and to play with other children. He is in grade 2 this year. His dad is a student in a college and studies plant science--he will graduate this month. His mom is a housewife. In the rainy season, they work on their farm. With the fruit of that, they earn enough to lead their life. Since birth, Bekila has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him weakness and pain affecting his studies and play. He was able to have his left-sided hernia treated earlier, but now needs treatment for his right inguinal hernia. Fortunately, on February 23rd, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $512 to fund Bekila's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. His mother said: “I hope with this surgery, the bulge will disappear and he will get normal and free of any complications. And I hope he will be a doctor and one day help another sick child in the same condition as ours, troubled and worried.”
Vathanak is a 6-year-old with one younger brother. Vathanak's father works as a sugarcane farmer and his mother works at home. His favorite meal is pork curry with fried vegetables. Vathanak wants to be a policeman or engineer when he grows up. In his free time he enjoys playing with his brother, flying a kite, reading books, and writing letters. Two years ago Vathanak began having problems breathing, swallowing, and sleeping at night. He experiences nasal obstruction, snoring, fevers, and weight loss due to difficulty swallowing. His parents worry about his condition and must spend money on medicines every month to treat his symptoms. He has been diagnosed with grade four tonsil hypertrophy and ENT surgeons at our Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) will perform a tonsillectomy. Vathanak's family is raising $241 to cover the cost of his treatment. Vathanak's mother said, "I hope my son can breathe better and be able to sleep well."
Sophea is a 4-year-old preschooler from Cambodia. She has three sisters and one brother. Sophea's father is a printing house worker and her mother works in a factory. Sophea has had a recurrent ear infection for the last two years, and she was recently hospitalized with fever and ear discharge. Sophea has been diagnosed with a persistent ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear ear to perforate. Sophea experiences pain, fever, ear discharge and hearing loss. Because she cannot hear well, she cannot communicate clearly with others. Sophea traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 16th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Once she has recovered, she will be able to communicate and socialize well with other children her age. Sophea's parents shared, "We hope our daughter will stop getting infections after surgery and her hearing will improve."